Cellular motion is governed by the behavior of proteins like actin. (Image courtesy of OCW.)
This course features an extensive set of lecture materials, including both slides and companion notes.
This course develops and applies scaling laws and the methods of continuum mechanics to biomechanical phenomena over a range of length scales. Topics include: structure of tissues and the molecular basis for macroscopic properties; chemical and electrical effects on mechanical behavior; cell mechanics, motility and adhesion; biomembranes; biomolecular mechanics and molecular motors. Experimental methods for probing structures at the tissue, cellular, and molecular levels will also be investigated.
This course was originally co-developed by Professors Alan Grodzinsky, Roger Kamm, and L. Mahadevan.